by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, Holidays, November 11th, 2013
by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, November 11th, 2013
There’s perhaps no holiday more focused on food, family and tradition — some of Damaris Phillips‘ favorite things — than Thanksgiving, which means that for this Southern at Heart host, the next few weeks leading up to America’s fall feast are especially exiting. She told FN Dish recently that she’s especially looking forward to “the Thanksgiving-adjacent episode” (airing Nov. 24 at 10:30am/9:30c) of her all-new series, which will feature classic and creative recipes to help you prepare the ultimate holiday meal.
We checked in with her to find out more about how she’ll be celebrating with her family this year. Like in most homes, there will be no shortage of comforting plates on Damaris’ Thanksgiving dinner table, and just as she’s been in the past, she’ll once again be in charge of preparing the salad. Read on below to learn Damaris’ makings of a true Southern Thanksgiving, to learn tips for turning out juicy turkey and to get advice for first-time holiday hosts.
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving these days?
Damaris Phillips: All of my cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents all still get together, so we do a huge family Thanksgiving.
Will you be cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year?
DP: Everybody contributes. It’s like a potluck Thanksgiving. I usually get stuck with the salad. They are always making me make the salad. I always try and fancy it up, so they’ll be like, “Oh, she can really cook.” But it doesn’t matter, because nobody eats the salad .… My brother is always going to do the stuffing; I’m never going to get to do it. My sister is always going to do the greens and the macaroni, and nobody wants mine anyways because I always try and make it a little less terrible for you, which nobody’s into. I get desserts a lot. Like, I’m pretty good at baking, and so I get desserts, which is pretty awesome.
by Amanda Marsteller in Holidays, Restaurants, November 11th, 2013
Whether you’re planning to prepare an entire vegetarian menu for Thanksgiving or you’ll be cooking for just a few meatless eaters amid demanding carnivores this year, it can be tricky to keep the entire table happy. After all, the centerpiece of most Turkey Day dinners is the juicy, crispy-skinned bird, and if you remove the turkey, you’ll want to replace it with something equally hearty and comforting. The key to pleasing both meat eaters and vegetarians alike on Thanksgiving is offering an array of satisfying side dishes, as they’re a naturally must-have element of the feast that nearly every guest will crave. Most traditional sides, like mashed potatoes, casseroles and stuffings, are naturally vegetarian, and if they’re not, they can be made meatless simply by swapping in vegetable broth or stock for the chicken variety. Check out a few of Food Network’s favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving sides below to find easy-to-prepare classic recipes worthy of the fall feast.
Combining the freshness of vegetables with the stick-to-your-ribs comfort of the holiday, green bean casserole is a timeless Thanksgiving pick, and Ellie’s lightened-up version — Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots from Food Network Magazine (pictured above) — proves to be light and meatless without sacrificing flavor. She mixes string beans and garlic-thyme mushrooms into a thick sauce with nutty Parmesan cheese, then bakes the casserole with sweet fried shallots until the top is golden brown.
by Amanda Marsteller in Holidays, November 10th, 2013
The Thanksgiving feast just isn’t complete without an irresistible piece of pie at the end. Something about the buttery crust and rich filling brings comfort and nostalgia to the table, and we’ve rounded up plenty of restaurants and bakeries that dish out just-like-mama-made pecan, pumpkin and apple pies. There are also outside-the-crust options (could you turn down a Fat Elvis Pie?), so check out our full coast-to-coast pie guide and grab a slice — or two! Here are a few highlights to warm up your sweet-seeking taste buds.
Four and Twenty Blackbirds — Brooklyn
Nothing’s more American than apple pie, but this bakery manages to improve on the classic with a mouthwatering salted caramel version. Inspired by caramel apples, this salty-sweet slice is a “taste bud waker-upper” and was praised by Bobby Flay as “what apple pie would look like if your grandma had game.”
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by Maria Russo in Holidays, Recipes, November 6th, 2013
With so much effort spent on the Thanksgiving turkey and sides, there’s rarely any time left to whip up a savory spread of starters for guests to snack on. To take the stress off, try these easy appetizers that take just 15 minutes to cook or assemble and leave you more time to put finishing touches on the big feast. Start with Food Network Magazine’s 50 Easy Toast Toppers, which offers a ton of creative ideas for dressing up toasted baguette rounds.
Pomegranate, Arugula Salad: Tyler’s fall-flavored salad takes mere minutes to toss together, including the sweet pomegranate molasses vinaigrette.
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by FN Dish Editor in Community, Holidays, November 3rd, 2013
Second perhaps only to the centerpiece turkey on Thanksgiving, stuffings and dressings are some of the most-craved and comforting dishes on your Turkey Day table. Whether you stuff your bird or not, these bread-based casseroles are both simple to prepare and versatile enough that you can suit them to your family’s tastes and whatever ingredients you have on hand. If you’re cooking for a few vegetarians this year, a naturally meatless stuffing will surely please them and your meat-eating guests alike. And if you happen to find yourself with a few extra carrots or celery stalks, put them to good use in a stuffing, as vegetables of all kinds work well with nearly all types of bread bakes. Check out Food Network’s top-five stuffings below to find celebration-worthy recipes that you’ll want to add to your Thanksgiving menu.
5. Homemade Three-Meat Stuffing — Packed with chopped hard-boiled eggs, bell peppers and olives, this pork-, beef- and sausage-based stuffing boasts more meat than it does white bread and will feed up to a whopping 14 people.
4. Holiday Cornbread Stuffing — Follow the Neelys’ lead and take advantage of a deliciously simple shortcut: store-bought cornbread stuffing mix. Pat and Gina combine this ready-to-go good with crispy bacon and crunchy pecans for texture, plus fresh vegetables and herbs to round out the dish.
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by FN Dish Editor in Holidays, November 2nd, 2013
Join Food Network in the month of November for a series of Thanksgiving-themed Facebook chats with Food Network Kitchens. Bring all your turkey, stuffing, side, dessert and entertaining questions, and let the experts help you take the fear factor out of hosting a memorable Thanksgiving dinner.
- Thanksgiving Appetizers: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 1:30pm/12:30c
- Thanksgiving Desserts: Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 1:30pm/12:30c
- Thanksgiving Turkey: Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 1:30pm/12:30c
- Thanksgiving Stuffing and Sides: Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 1:30pm/12:30c
by Jennifer Perillo in Holidays, November 1st, 2013
Thanksgiving is around the corner and menu planning is in full swing, but let’s not neglect the hunt for serve-able snacks, table decor, time-saving gadgets and hostess gifts. For the second year, Food Network has put together three Thanksgiving Product Guides to help readers prepare for the holiday. Whether you’re looking for an addition to your cheese platter or an easier way to mash potatoes, this year’s guides have it covered. We have searched the Web — high and low — for new products that will make your Thanksgiving entertaining complete.
The quest for the products began, believe it or not, back in May. We contacted around 100 companies to get the scoop about their upcoming products and to order samples. The mailroom was flooded with packages and desks were stacked high with options of edible treats to taste. One afternoon, the team of editors gathered to sample over 50 possibilities. Flavors, packaging and pricing were compared and opinions and ideas were shared. Word spread quickly through the digital department about the leftover treats and everyone maintained a steady sugar high all afternoon.
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by Allison Milam in Holidays, October 31st, 2013
Let me start by admitting that I’m a horrible meal planner. It’s not for lack of trying. Lists have been made in the past, only to be lost or forgotten on the counter. After doing that one too many times, I took it as a sign that perhaps I was better suited to winging it. Truth be told, I like the spontaneity of “planning” meals while I’m shopping too. It offers more inspiration and frees me from the rigidity of a set menu.
Thanksgiving, though, is a different story. There are certain favorites I know I want to make every year, so when November rolls around I feel more inclined to be prepared. Two essentials I’ve needed every year are homemade stock for making gravy and pie crusts for dessert. Luckily, they’re both components you can get a jump on prepping well in advance before the holiday.
Whether you’re hosting a full-fledged Halloween bash or whipping up a low-key celebration tonight, throw a party that’s just as much about the good food as the costumes. Let’s face it: in between nibbles of bite-size candy bars and fistfuls of candy corn, your guests — and kids — could use some real food, too. Go beyond the annual sugar binge and make homemade appetizers and treats with fall’s finest seasonal produce. These dishes will impress even the most discerning ghosts, vampires and witches.
Made with crunchy phyllo shells and roasted Kabocha squash, Food Network Star winner Damaris Phillips’ Squash Tartlets with Kale Pesto are perfect mouthfuls between bobbing for apples and pumpkin carving. Then, save one pumpkin from a chiseled, toothy grin: Food Network Magazine’s Pumpkin Queso Fundido roasts a hollowed pumpkin with bubbly, spicy cheese inside. Savored with tortilla chips, it’s one part appetizer and another part decoration.
As a seasonal rendition of the Mexican mainstay, Butternut Squash Tamales are wrapped up mummy-style in traditional cornhusks. Stuff these with a squash-based dough and a filling of raisins, olives and chipotle chiles, and peel them open in between trick-or-treaters.
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